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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 26, 2013.

  • by booman, Sep 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM
  • booman

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    Skyrim is 5th series of the epic saga known as The Elder Scrolls. Famous for the first person shooter and open-world view, Skyrim continues the Role Playing genre retaining all the favorite aspects of Morrowind and Oblivion while introducing a bunch of new features.


    New classes, new guilds, new civilizations, new state-of-the-art graphics and...
    wait for it...

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Tips & Specs:

    Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.8
    Wine: 1.7.49-staging

    Wine Installation

    Note: Wine versions older than 2.0.2 and 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam.

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.49-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.7.49-staging is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name your virtual drive: skyrim
    Click Next

    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.49-staging
    Click Next

    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Click "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK

    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx10
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_xact
    Click Next

    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your desktop
    Select "SteamSetup.exe"
    Click Open

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check "I accept the license..."
    Click Next

    Select Language
    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish


    dwrite isn't enabled yet, so there won't be any fonts
    Click The "X" and close Steam

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Steam.exe"

    Name your shortcut: Skyrim
    Click Next

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Skyrim
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.49-staging
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem

    Note: -no-dwrite will allow the fonts in Steam

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses

    Launching Skyrim

    Select Skyrim
    Click Run

    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Login to Steam


    Select Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Click Install

    Click Next

    Skyrim is about 6 Gigs
    When its finish downloading...
    Click Finish

    Click Play

    Detecting Video Hardware
    Click OK


    Click Options

    Graphics Adapter and Resolution
    • Graphics Adapter
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Resolution
    • Antialiasing
    • Anisotropic Filtering
    • Detail
    • Windowed
    Click Ok

    Advanced Detail
    • Texture Quality
    • Radial Blur Quality
    • Shadow Detail
    • Decal Quantity
    • FXAA
    • Water Reflections
    Click Close

    Advanced View Distance
    • Object Fade
    • Actor Fade
    • Grass Fade
    • Specularity Fade
    • Light Fade
    • Item Fade
    • Distand Object Detail
    • Object Detail Fade
    Click Close

    Click Play

    Rule of Thumb
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Skyrim ran beautifully on my GeForce 550 Ti with everything set on High or Ultra. Wine 1.7.49-staging does a great job and I didn't have too many issue:
    Tree animation was not smooth and the shadows moved irregularly
    Can not see underwater (underwater view can be disabled in the .ini files)





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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. booman
    Don't forget to disable the Steam In-Game community overlay.
    It can crash Skyrim and DLC's
  2. allenskd
    Just a tip to those who want to use the overlay. I'm using WINE 1.7.11 for this game and overlay works great. (Sometimes it gets lonely traveling around Skyrim, gotta chit chat with some steam friends haha)

    I also have the debugging stuff disabled for performance.

  3. booman
    What!!?? Dude if they fixed the overlay in 1.7.11 that would be awesome!
    But now I have to test all of my games again
  4. allenskd
    Overlay worked for me in 1.7.11, but remember that.... not all programs will react the same way... like Scribblenauts Unlimited. It still crashed with overlay on.
  5. booman
    Dang! I was hoping you meant it was fixed for all games.
  6. Wolfgang Dawson
    I have winsteam and I'm running Skyrim through there right now, but will it run better this way? Also is it easier to install mods running directly from wine? (I can't find any easy ways through winsteam)
  7. allenskd

    You can use Steam Workshop to download mods for Skyrim . I use WINE 1.7.10-CSMT for better performance and disable the debug options.

    Think of running Skyrim in steam as if you were running it on windows, it just runs great.

    What I do is just, go to the workshop, install the mods and run skyrim so it can update the new subscriptions :) that's all to it.
  8. Wolfgang Dawson
    Yea but steam workshop doesn't have Falskaar
  9. Majki
    Okay guys, I'm on Linux Mint 64bit Mate and I'm kinda desparate. Tried like everything - still issues with mouse trap - this is I can make maximum 180 degress rotation. Any ideas?
  10. booman
    Welcome to the forum. Did you go to Wine Configuration and click on Graphics Tab?
    Check "Automatically cpature the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop Size: 1024x768

    This is critical for the mouse to work properly.
  11. Majki
    Thanks for replay sir. I have googled the issue - and I have found some blogger complaining about same issue on Linux Mint. Installed Ubuntu and everything works flawlessly now. It was Mint-specyfic problem :)
  12. booman
    Wow, very strange. The difference in Distros still amazes me.
    Thanks for confirming that the mouse is working again.
  13. Will Ondiron
    First: Thank you ! After all the years (i tried my first linux in '96) the first real success ! It works ! And finally a solution to get rid of windows ! Really, thanks a lot !
    Two things: i didn't have the option "argument" in playonlinux to add the no-dwrite, and in the console i had to type > cd /media/SKYRIM_DE/Setup.exe -no-dwrite (note: i have Ubuntu installed and a German version of the game).
    Sorry I didn't see your post earlier.
    So you got it working?
    I have a feeling your PlayOnLinux version might be older. Try updating to the current 4.2.2 version
  14. reeper150
    When I type

    ./Setup.exe -no-dwrite

    The output says

    bash: ./Setup.exe: cannot execute binary file

    What should I do?
  15. booman
    did you navigate to the DVD first? in Mint it is
    Once you are in the DVD directory in Terminal, then run the
    ./Setup.exe -no-dwrite
    Also, if it still says "cannot execute Binary file" you may have to copy the entire DVD contents to a folder on your desktop.
    Then try the install from there.
    Otherwise, just download it in Steam.
  16. LECHA
    i need some serious help. i followed this guide and when i tried to start the steam to play it doesnt even open. i dont know what else to do. please help me. thank you.
  17. booman
    Hi, thanks for posting. Are you saying Steam won't launch or Skyrim won't launch?
    Don't forget that the In-Game Community overlay can cause games to crash at launch. Make sure to disable that overlay.
    Can you play any other games on your Distro?
  18. Xionwalker
    I having a similar issue. I'm using the newest version of Ubuntu. Everything works fine until i try to launch the game. It tells me there are serious issues with the Skyrimlauncher.exe and needs to close and that it can be caused by a problem in the program or a deficiency in wine.
  19. booman
    Did you disable the overlay? That is pretty critical with a lot of Steam games. It will crash them before launch or during game menu's when you click. I've seen other symptoms as well.

    You can also post your debug in our PlayOnLinux forum so we can see if there are any errors to point us in the "right direction"

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